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Last night, Kat, Olivia, James and Eliza attended the BBC Music Magazine Awards at Kings Place in London.

After a couple of glasses of fizz, we began the awards ceremony.  Oliver Condy, Editor of BBC Music Magazine, hobbled on stage to open proceedings, explaining how crowd-surfing at a Couperin-fuelled rave was the cause of his broken ankle a month before. Oliver then introduced his co-presenter Sara Mohr-Pietsch, (standing in for James Naughtie), and things got underway.  See below for a summary of winners.

We were especially delighted to attend to see our client, Accentus Music, pick up the Best DVD Award.  Paul Smaczny, Director of Accentus Music and producer of the winning release of Berg’s Wozzeck was there to accept the award.  He gave his heartfelt thanks to his team, and read the following from soloist Christian Gerhaher:  “I feel so incredibly satisfied that this Wozzeck production, which was—and every director should please forgive me—the most exhilarating in my life, receives the greatest acclamation. The result of visualising this extraordinary staging in that simple but nearly fully conveying way is just admirable. It brings to life the wonderful months that we and the audience spent with Berg’s masterwork one and half years ago. I would definitely call this a defining criterion of opera DVDs. Thank you all!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special guest presenters included all-round fahionista and style guru, Gok Wan, who recently released his own curated album of opera entitled ‘Gok’s Divas’.  Comedian Alastair McGowan tickled the audience with a series of stunning impressions and tenuous puns, before presenting Best Instrumental Award to Mahan Esfahani for his recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. With his customary loud-mouth, Mahan gave an impassioned and thoughtful acceptance speech, leaving us with a call to action: ‘Extend classical music, and it will be limitless in what it gives back to you.’

Dame Joan Bakewell, who presented the Recording of the Year Award offered a thought-provoking address on the great value the BBC has in the classical music world, and the impact it had on her own appreciation of music. She announced the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic with Vasily Petrenko performing Tchaikovsky Symphonies as Recording of the Year.

Throughout the evening, a number of references were made to the Proms Launch, which takes place today. BBC Radio 3 Controller, Alan Davey, slightly let the cat out of the bag when he said there would be lots of concerts in a big round hall.  Unfortunately, we can’t confirm this at the moment, but watch this space.

Vocal Award Matthias Goerne, Synergy Vocals, BBC SO, Josep Pons

Opera Award Mozart Don Giovanni, MusicAeterna, Teodor Currentzis

Chamber Music Award Martinu Piano Trios, Smetana Trio

Orchestral Award Tchaikovsky Symphonies, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Vasily Petrenko, Onyx

Instrumental Award Bach Goldberg Variations, Mahan Esfahani, Deutsche Grammophon

DVD Award Berg Wozzeck, Christian Gerhaher, Opernhaus Zurich, Accentus Music

Newcomer Award Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky Piano Concertos, Beatrice Rana, Antonio Pappano, Orchestra Dell-Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia

Concerto Award CPE Bach Cello Concertos, Nicolas Altstaedt, Jonathan Cohen, Arcangelo, Hyperion

Premiere Award Julian Anderson, Vladimir Jurowski, Carolin Widmann, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir

Choral Award Jonathan Harvey, Deo, The Choir of St John’s College Cambridge, Andrew Nethsingha, Signum Records

Record of the Year Award  Tchaikovsky Symphonies, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Vasily Petrenko, Onyx

Many congratulations from all of us at WildKat PR to Accentus Music, and all the other winners! We’re looking forward to next year’s awards already.

 

(Written on April 20, 2017 )

Accentus Music ist eines der weltweit erstklassigsten Labels für klassische Musikproduktionen. Es arbeitet mit den renommiertesten internationalen Musikern zusammen und hat auch in diesem Jahr viele sehr hochwertige Neuproduktionen geplant. Wir fühlen uns sehr geehrt, für alle kommenden Produktionen die europäische Promotion zu übernehmen, und freuen uns insbesondere auf die PR-Unterstützung für die DVD/Blu-ray mit Riccardo Chailly und dem LFO im Frühjahr als auch für die CD-Box zu Herbert Blomstedts 90. Geburtstag”, so Carolin Denz, Leiterin des Berliner WildKat-Büros.

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Das in Leipzig beheimatete Label besteht aus einem äußerst routinierten Team aus Film- und Audioproduzenten sowie Redakteuren. Seit der Etablierung als DVD/Blu-ray Label auf dem klassischen Musikmarkt im Jahr 2010 produziert Accentus Music hochqualitative Konzert- und Opernaufführungen, sowie Dokumentarfilme und Porträts weltweit. Die Veröffentlichungen beinhalten Produktionen über Künstler wie Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Evgeny Kissin, Martha Argerich, Joshua Bell, das Lucerne Festival Orchestra, die New Yorker Philharmoniker, das Gewandhausorchester Leipzig oder die Staatskapelle Berlin. Sowohl künstlerisch als auch technisch erfüllt Accentus Music die höchsten Erwartungen und Ansprüche von Musikliebhabern aus der ganzen Welt.

 
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Wir freuen uns darauf, nach mehreren Jahren der erfolgreichen Zusammenarbeit, von nun an das renommierte Unternehmen auf dem gesamten europäischen Markt unterstützen zu dürfen, und den Erfolg unserer englischen Pressekampagnen auf die deutsche Presse zu übertragen. Bisher sind Rezensionen in den größten englischen Musikpublikationen wie BBC Music Magazine, Classical Music Magazine, Gramophone, sowie auf BBC Radio 3 und in nationaler Presse wie der Financial Times erschienen.

 

(Written on February 10, 2017 )

2016 – what a year it has been! 

It’s been a year full of political and cultural changes and we look forward what 2017 holds in store. 

We have also had to adapt WildKat’s set up and services towards the current climate. Artists and organisations, as well as independent projects, look for even more value for money, and for smarter, more effective approaches towards reaching audiences. 2016 is the year we truly went into number crunching, exploring what and how coverage converts into ticket sales, which platform drives different types of traffic, what will guarantee a sell-out and what is worth an investment for the future. 

We have brought in a new set of Account Managers and created new roles to cater to a renewed interest in broader press and online targets. 

I am optimistic about 2017. Change always means opportunity. It means we are in motion, and the arts are the first place we will see that. I look forward to new pieces being created, new companies being formed and new ideas coming to fruition.

Thank you to all our partners, clients, journalists and the wonderful staff across all our WildKat offices. We finish the year on a high with our annual skiing trip to Austria! Let’s slide merrily into the New Year.

Managing Director, Kat Alder

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In 2016, WildKat PR continued to expand our roster with lots of diverse projects and campaigns, from Ancient Academy of Music to Metal’s production of Steve Reich’s Different Trains with the London Contemporary Orchestra. We also worked with a wide range of fantastic organisations on unique projects, including projects with The European Union Youth Orchestra, Help Musicians UK and Live Music Now. Also, across the Atlantic Ocean in our New York office, we began campaigns with the world-renowned The Cliburn and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

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Here are some highlights from our fantastic year:

In Spring 2016, Sacconi Quartet and Sacconi Chamber Music Festival returned to WildKat, and it was another very successful year for them, highlights include a 5-star review by The Guardian and also an awesome review by Financial Times. They also premiered Jonathan Dove’s ‘In Damascus’, a brand new work for Tenor and String Quartet.

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In Summer 2016, another year, another weird and wonderful set of Tête a Tête performances, including Toni Castells‘ ‘2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal?‘, which featured in The Guardian‘s top classical picks, and on BBC Radio 3: In Tune, amongst other outlets. They also ran six productions, forming part of the Cubitt Sessions at the heart of King’s Cross this year. Looking ahead to 2017, lots are going to happen in January with Tête a Tête, so keep reading our blog to follow their latest news!

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In August, BitterSuite launched their crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter, and successfully reached their target. They were featured in Vice, and they also debuted in New York at Brooklyn Academy of Music in December.

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In Autumn 2016, we worked with Metal Liverpool on Steve Reich’s Different Trains. We gained a huge range of alternative coverage, including The Sunday Times, live-streaming on Boiler Room, and BBC Radio 6 Music.

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In Winter 2016, Ailie Robertson‘s classical debut single ‘Haven’ was a big hit, reaching No.2 on iTunes Classical Chart. She also made appearances on BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio 3: In Tune.

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The Academy of Ancient Music received a very strong set of reviews for our first concert with them, recording 4 and 5 stars.  They also continue to receive excellent reviews for their disc of music by Dario Castello, which proves to be increasingly popular following the concert and broadcast and is encouraging in supporting their aim to bring neglected music to a wider audience.  We now very much look forward to the release of the second volume in 2017.

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Accentus Music also has had an incredible year with us, with over 50 pieces of coverage throughout the year, and several productions nominated in several categories for the International Classical Music Awards 2017, including a CD by the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and Alban Berg’s opera ‘Wozzeck’ DVD performed by Opernhaus Zürich. We look forward to further collaborations with Accentus in the new year.

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Photo: Accentus Music/ Berg Wozzeck

We also had a great year with Dartington – this year’s festival saw musicians, writers and artists of all ages and abilities descend upon the beautiful medieval Dartington estate, to take part in courses, watch and participate in masterclasses, create new works, and attend concerts and performances, of which there were over eighty over the four week period!  We are excited to have the chance to work with them again for their International Summer School and Festival 2017, which promises to be just as, if not even more exciting.

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Besides our usual Press and Promotion service, we are also developing a wider range of services. We introduced our full Social Media packages and more Creative Campaigns.

We have recently worked with ECC100, a vinyl-only record label founded by Lush, on their release of ‘Set in Stone‘, music inspired by ancient stone circles in Dorset, UK. As well as a press campaign, we also organised a creative campaign, inviting journalists and bloggers to travel on a journey through their senses, with fragrances created by Gorilla Arthouse, which were inspired by the music from the album, live performance from Simon Richmond and John Metcalfe, and the screening of a film by Patrick Dunn.

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Now that the year is almost over, we are very much looking forward to announcing new partnerships in January 2017! To follow our latest news and updates, keep reading WildKat PR Blog, or follow us on our Facebook page and Twitter.

Have a very Merry Christmas and a great start to 2017!

(Written on December 21, 2016 )

WildKat PR is delighted to share news of our continuing collaboration with pianist Sunwook Kim.

Sunwook Kim is a South Korean pianist living in London. He came to international recognition aged just eighteen, when he won the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition in 2006, becoming the youngest winner for 40 years. Since then, he has established a reputation as one of the finest pianists of his generation, appearing as a concerto soloist in the subscription series of some of the world’s leading orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra (John Eliot Gardiner, Daniel Harding), Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra (Marek Janowski), and Tokyo Philharmonic.  

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WildKat PR has worked with label Accentus Music for over 5 years. Earlier in 2016, we were asked to promote Sunwook’s second solo album (Franck & Brahms), released on Accentus Music, which was praised for its ‘pristine clarity’ and ‘emotional resonance’ (Gramophone, March 17, 2016). We also launched his Facebook page, and continue to manage his social media channels.  

This time around, we are looking forward to promoting Sunwook’s upcoming solo recital in London’s Wigmore Hall on Tuesday 25th October.  His erudite approach to programming will be reflected in works by Mozart, Schubert and Beethoven, charting artistic creativity in Vienna from the arrival of Mozart to the death of Schubert.

At the moment Sunwook is on tour in Japan and South Korea, and prior to his Wigmore recital will perform Tchaikovsky’s 1st Piano Concerto with the Bournemouth Symphony. Keep up to date with all of Sunwook’s news through his Facebook, Twitter, and website.

(Written on September 5, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, ROH introduces e-ticket service and the BBC launches search for amateur orchestra. Also, Accentus wins an International Classical Music Award for video performance and Saffron Hall announces first opera commission

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ROH to introduce e-ticket service

The Royal Opera House is introducing an e-ticket system for those making online ticket purchases

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BBC launches search for amateur orchestra

The BBC has launched a search to find the UK’s most inspirational amateur orchestras, as part of a new season that aims to inspire creativity

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International Classical Music Awards verkünden Preisträger 2016

Berlin (MH) – Die Jury der International Classical Music Awards hat die Preisträger 2016 bekanntgegeben

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Saffron Hall announces first opera commission

Saffron Hall’s first opera commission, The Glass Knight, will premiere on 9 March 2016

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Auf zu klanglichen Abenteuern

Das Festival Ultraschall Berlin, veranstaltet vom Deutschlandradio Kultur und dem RBB-Kulturradio, startet am Mittwoch und vereint gegenseitige Aspekte Neuer Musik

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Frank Peter Zimmermann To Use Ex-Dupont/Grumiaux Stradivarius

Frank Peter who had to restitute the 1727 Lady Inchiquin Stradivarius violin to the financial liquidators of the WestLB, has finally got a new instrument

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Kollektivkomposition Mozarts und Salieris entdeckt

Der deutsche Musikwissenschaftler und Komponist Timo Jouko Herrmann hat in den Beständen des Nationalmuseums in Prag eine verloren geglaubte Vokalkomposition von Mozart aus dessen Wiener Zeit wiederentdeckt

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Philharmonie de Paris : une première année couronnée de success

Un an après avoir ouvert ses portes, la Philharmonie de Paris dresse un premier bilan très enthousiasmant

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ACE London @ace__london  NEWS: 3 London orgs celebrate in this round of our Strategic Touring fund http://bit.ly/1QmLJsz  #ACEsupported

Opera Now magazine@Operanow  We’re giving one lucky reader the chance to win a luxury trip to Dallas and @FortWorthOpera. Click here to enter: http://ow.ly/WNHk1

BBC Music Magazine@MusicMagazine  .@WigmoreHall trials free live streaming on 28 Jan. Read more: http://www.classical-music.com/news/wigmore-hall-trials-live-streaming

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(Written on January 20, 2016 )

Accentus Music, in co-production with SRF and ARTE, is filming a Memorial Concert for Claudio Abbado. This concert will be streamed live on arte Concert on April 6th 2014 at 4pm CEST. You can access the live stream here.

Performed by the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, the programme for the concert includes Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony, which Abbado conducted during the final performance of his career in Lucerne in August 2013. Fittingly, no-one will take Abbado’s place on the podium for this work, for the musicians wish to perform this music in his spirit, without any other conductor.

Following this, Bruno Ganz, who visited Abbado just a few days before his death and read him verses by Hölderlin, will recite one of these poems. The concert continues with Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto performed by Isabelle Faust, which is dedicated “to the memory of an angel.” Finally, the orchestra will perform the finale from Gustav Mahler’s Third Symphony, which the composer originally planned to title “What love tells me.” The works by Berg and Mahler will be conducted by Andris Nelsons.

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(Written on April 4, 2014 )

Today, Accentus Music mark the release of their DVD/blu-ray with a panel discussion and signing session. The DVD features the St Thomas Boys Choir’s concert of J.S. Bach’s ‘Mass in B minor’ at last year’s Leipzig Bach Festival. The renowned choir performed with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. There will be also a few extracts from the DVD/blu-ray shown to the audience.

Stefan Altner – MD, St. Thomas Boys Choir – Dr. Dettloff Schwerdtfeger – Artistic Director, Leipzig Bach Festival – Paul Smaczny – Producer and MD, Accentus Music – and a boy from the St. Thomas Boys Choir will talk about the recording at the incredible book and music-shop-cum-events-venue of Dussmann das KulturKaufhaus.

The Bach Festival was first held 1908 in honour of the composer who had lived and worked in Leipzig as a St. Thomas Cantor from 1723 until his death in 1750. The performances are planned and run in close collaboration with the musical centre of excellence, the Bach Archive Leipzig, which, along with the MDR and ARTE Live Web, is one of the co-production partners of the Accentus recording.

For more information about today’s talk, please see Dussmann das KulturKaufhaus’ website.

(Written on March 28, 2014 )

This evening on Friday 27th September at The Institute of Contemporary Arts, there will be a screening of Accentus Music’s film: John Cage – Journeys in Sound. The feature will include rare footage of Cage including concert excerpts with some of his own accounts, and will give insight into the many facets of the revolutionary artist and composer, Cage himself.

This screening is part of the ICA’s selection of highlights from the 2013 Montreal International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA). Like many that will appear in this series, there is an extended introduction and a Q&A. Tonight this will be with composer and performer Susan Stenger.

The screening begins at 7pm in Cinema 1. Take a look at the website, to find out more about tonight’s event and where to buy tickets. Also, you can find out more about the series here.

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(Written on September 27, 2013 )

WildKat PR is proud to announce that two of our clients have won an ECHO Klassik award.

The ECHO Klassik is one of the best established and most well-known music awards in the world, which honours the outstanding and successful performances of national and international artists.

Accentus Music, who create high quality operatic, concert and documentary DVDs, have been awarded an ECHO Klassik in the category ‘Music-DVD-Production of This Year’ for their DVD ‘John Cage – Journeys in Sound’.

We are also honoured that Daniel Hope and Max Richter have won an ECHO Klassik award for the ‘Classic Without Borders’ category for their recent ‘Recomposed by Max Richter’ release, an inventive deconstruction and recomposition of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.
Award-winning violinist Daniel has already been awarded five ECHO Klassik awards, as well as numerous Grammy nominations and a Classical BRIT Award.

The award ceremony will take place on the 6th October in the Konzerthaus Berlin.

For more information on Accentus Music and to watch the trailer, click here
Visit Daniel Hope’s website here
Get more information on ECHO Klassik here

(Written on August 14, 2013 )

We are thrilled to announce that the Accentus Music’s DVD and Blu-Ray production of Mahler’s 4th Symphony has been included in Gramophone’s August Recording of the Month. Following performances of Mahler’s 2nd and 8th Symphonies, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra under the baton of Riccardo Chailly presented an astonishing performance of Mahler 4th Symphony on 26th and 27th April 2012 with acclaimed soloist Christina Landshamer.

Gramophone’s Peter Quantrill writes that “the first movement’s complex map of tempo relationships is negotiated with sly cunning, exemplified by the clash of simultaneous speeds in the opening bars, so that the symphony’s irony and double-voicing plays itself in a symphonic analogue to Wagner’s music-dramas that […] the conductor-Intendant-composer Mahler would have keenly appreciated himself” in the praising review of the DVD and Blu-Ray disc.

The full review of the disc can be read here, as well as in the print edition of the magazine.

For more news on Accentus Music visit their website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube for regular updates and posts.

In addition, Katherine Bryan’s Flute Works were also selected for Gramophone’s August Recording of the Month. With her playing described by Geoffrey Norris as, ‘Exuberance of spirit coupled with the mellowness of her golden timbre lend the first movement a lightness, energy and mellifluous fluency’, the Flute Works clearly expresses her talented and virtuosic performance. The disc was launched at London’s National Geographic store in May 2013.

The full review can be read here. Also, keep up to date with news from Katherine through her website, Facebook and Twitter.

(Written on July 22, 2013 )